Downtown Was Hopping on Saturday

Spring has sprung and vaccinations are on the rise. The result was a flurry of outdoor activities raising funds and spirits. Our Saturday morning stroll brought us to three different events bringing people safely together for great causes: charity and health.

Donors came two or three at a time.

Our first stop was at St. Mary’s to see the recycling efforts of K of C Council 14224 and the Green Team as old electronics were recycling and donations were being collected.

Grand Knight Al Scaramella, left, finally turned in his old 8-track tape machine. Knight Tom Anguish, right, is laughing behind his mask.
Knight Nick Calapa hands off some heavy duty computing power to a member of the Green Team.

Later in the day, Knight Tom Anguish reported that they had raised $3,200 which will be split between the Holliston Pantry Shelf and the MetroWest Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund. Thanks to all who participated!

The Knights are already planning their annual charity raffle with the goal of passing $250,000 since they began their fund-raising several years ago.

Then across Washington Street to see how the Holliston Garden Club’s Plant Sale was going. We arrived shortly after 10:00 to find most of the plants sold. Great news for the fund-raising efforts of the Club.

This very sturdy planting table drew attention – and hopefully a lot of ticket buyers. A great value for a $5 ticket!
We encountered (L-R) Susan Russo, Keri Ferland, and Diane Hayden near the entrance to the Sale. They reported that buyers were lining up at 8:30 to get a jump on the best offerings.
These pots and baskets were still looking for a good home when we visited.
After all it is a FUND raiser so someone needs to collect the payments. Handling the finances were Alice Valle (left) and Lee Guertin (right).

As we headed home, joyous sounds drew us to Goodwill Park where a rousing soccer match was happening.

Young athletes race up and down the field.
The fan experience is slightly different in the COVID era – but most importantly, can come out and support their favorite team!

While the calendar suggests it is Spring, the attire in these photos reminds us that in New England we have another season known as ‘Spr-inter.’

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  1. Tina Hein on May 9, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Add to Saturday’s “doing good” event list the Great Rain Barrel event over at he Water Department on Central Street-where Holliston’s Sustainability Coordinator (Matt Zetteck), Water Department Staff (Linda Mann), and Facilities Manager (James Keast) volunteered their time to distribute an army of rain barrels to residents. Thank you!

  2. Carolynn Henderson on May 10, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Also on Saturday our Holliston Lions Club conducted their annual spring Adopt a Highway clean up. They collected over 15 bags of trash in a 2 mile section of Washington Street. Thanks to the crew.

  3. Tom Anguish on May 10, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Many people came out from the shelter of their homes and made this a very robust town wide weekend in Holliston. The Knights of Columbus really thank all those who contributed to the success of our Recycling Event. Closets and basements were emptied of old electronic equipment and two non-profits will receive much needed funds as a result. Thank You!

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